Accession Number : ADA328307

Title :   Navy Ships: Turning Over Auxiliary Ship Operations to the Military Sealift Command Could Save Millions.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA328307

Report Date : 08 AUG 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : Navy auxiliary ships provide underway replenishment to Navy combatant ships worldwide thereby allowing combatant ships to remain at sea for extended periods. These ships deliver cargo and provide services such as towing and salvage operations. Navy auxiliary ships are crewed either by active duty military personnel or civil service mariners. Those ships crewed by civil service mariners also have a small detachment of active duty Navy personnel aboard to provide communications, ordnance handling, supply support, and technical support. As of May 1997, the Navy's auxiliary fleet consisted of 42 ships-15 oilers, 6 stores ships, 7 ammunition ships, 7 tugs, and 7 multiproduct ships. One additional multiproduct ship of a new class is currently under construction. The Navy has delegated operational control of 27 of these ships to MSC, the military's single manager for sealift, to better support Navy fleet operations. MSC crews these 27 ships with civil service mariners. The Navy's remaining 15 auxiliary ships are crewed by military personnel. Under current policy, the Navy will not permit the use of commercial crews on any auxiliary ships because it considers their mission purely military in nature.

Descriptors :   *AUXILIARY, *NAVAL VESSELS, *CREWS, *MARINE TRANSPORTATION, *NAVAL OPERATIONS, LOGISTICS SUPPORT, POLICIES, COMMERCE, NAVAL PERSONNEL, PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, COSTS, ACTIVE DUTY, CIVILIAN PERSONNEL, NAVAL PLANNING, ORDNANCE, HANDLING, NAVAL VESSELS(COMBATANT), SALVAGE, CARGO SHIPS, TANKER SHIPS, TUGBOATS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE